After Birth: Getting Started
Teaching Your Baby to Read
Teaching Your Baby Math
Baby's Physical Development
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So what is Infant Stimulation?
The definition is plain and simple: they are activities that arouse or stimulate your baby's sense of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell.
Infant stimulation can help improve your baby's attention span, memory, curiosity, and nervous system development. In addition, stimulating your baby's senses will enable him to reach developmental milestones faster, as well as aid in the development of motor skills.
Here are some things to keep in mind before embarking on the road to teaching your baby:
Your baby's immediate surroundings will have the greatest impact on his development.
Interaction is better than observation.
Instead of leaving your child in the crib with his toys, you can make his toys come alive for him - give it a voice and make it move. Your child will develop his capability for imagination as he takes his cues from youyou're your experiences playing with him.
Your child's attentiveness is important.
Understand that when your baby is attentive, he makes a conscious effort to learn more about the world around him. Your baby devotes all of his energies to what you have to show him only when you have his full attention, so you must learn to maximize this limited time.
Aim for repetition, not habituation.
With very young children, repetition is important because that's the way they learn best. Hearing something many times helps your child remember information for increasing periods of time. Young children (4 to 18 months) particularly need repetition — more so than a 2 1/2-year-old, say — to learn and remember new information.
Once your child has learned something, he'll enjoy the repetitive process because he can anticipate what comes next. After many readings of a familiar book, your child may even remember it well enough to add the endings to most of the sentences. This accomplishment means that she can participate more actively in story time.
However, it is also important to stop the repetitive stimulation when your child begins to develop habituation. When your child gets habituated through repetition, your child's intellect is no longer excited by your stimulation, making your efforts to teach him useless. When you notice this happening, take this as a cue to make changes in your teaching style, perhaps by changing a toy or pausing your teaching schedule for a while.
Satisfying your baby's curiosity will keep her wanting more.
You, as parents, can play a helpful part in feeding their thirst for knowledge, and you can do this by providing your baby with the opportunities to experience different stimuli to further pique his curiosity and make him want to learn more.
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